Freshly Squeezed: 04.09.19

Ally Feiam By Ally Feiam | 04 Sep 2019

Karen Millen enters voluntary administration and Ariana Grande is suing Forever 21. Get a healthy dose of news as we uncover the day’s top stories in e-commerce and retail.

Karen Millen Enters Voluntary Administration

Multiple stores will start to close for Karen Millen as it enters voluntary administration. This comes after the British arm of the brand entered administration earlier this week. Karen Millen has appointed Deloitte to facilitate with the winding down of Aussie stores, which will commence soon. “With the UK business now sold and the label withdrawing from Australia, we expect to wind down the business here and progressively close all stores in the coming weeks,” explained Tim Norman, Deloitte Administrator. “If quick, shoppers can expect some bargains with discounted stock being sold from stores and online until the end of this month.” Currently, there are several stand-alone stores across Australia and in department stores like David Jones and Myer.

Ariana Grande Sues Forever 21 for $10 Million

Singer, Ariana Grande, is suing Forever 21 for $10 million after she claims it used her likeness for an ad campaign without permission. Ms Grande’s attorneys have accused the fast-fashion retailer of using a ‘look-alike’ model in its latest campaign. The ad in question features a ‘strikingly similar’ model with long hair, akin to Ms Grande’s, and is dressed in attire similar to what the singer wore in her music video for her song ‘7 Rings’. The lighting, colour scheme and quotes from the song were also featured throughout the shoot and social media posts, “to suggest to the viewing public that Ms Grande endorsed Forever 21, its products, and was affiliated with Forever 21.”

Earlier in 2019, she was approached by the retailer for a collaboration, which was ultimately turned down. According to reports, the collab was rejected following the brand turning down the price it would cost to endorse ‘a celebrity of Ms Grande’s stature’. In recent months, Forever 21 has closed multiple stores, as well as left the Chinese market due to low sales.

ZARA Gets in Trouble with China for Secretly Supporting Hong Kong

Spanish fast-fashion retailer, ZARA, has been accused of secretly supporting Hong Kong during the recent protests. The store has closed its stores in the city whilst the protests continue, resulting in the Global Times (China’s prominent news outlet) making bold accusations. “One cannot help but conclude that the management of Zara Hong Kong … is willing to echo the three strikes. They are even willing to make a special show of it,” it read. ZARA has not responded to these accusations.

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